3-Minute Pitch Competition

Sunday, October 28, 2018

The organizing committee of the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CSChE 2018), is proud to announce the 3-Minute Pitch Competition session, which will consist of an Elevator Pitch as well as a Business Pitch component.

The competition follows the spirit of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT)® competition that originated at The University of Queensland. This session is an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their innovative and significant research to a wider audience of the chemical engineering community. It is open to all graduate students. Participants have 3 minutes or less to present their research to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research information in an engaging, accessible, and compelling way. The top 10 students from the competition on Sunday, October 28 will move on to compete in the 3-Minute Pitch Competition Finals on Tuesday, October 30.


The participant should be an MSc or PhD student (officially enrolled as a graduate student as of Jul 1, 2018). Selected participants must register for the conference by the early registration deadline in order to secure their participation in the 3-Minute Pitch Competition.

Competition Procedure

Graduate students interested in this competition need to submit an abstract to the 3-Minute Pitch Competition session of CSChE 2018. The abstract, written in layman terms, should address the problem that your research project aims to solve, your contributions, and their significance. Selected candidates will be notified to participate in the 3-Minute Pitch Competition.

Rules for the Competition (more details will be sent to selected candidates)

  • The contestant has a maximum of 3 minutes to present
  • One powerpoint slide is permitted
  • The competition will be in English

Judging Criteria

Speakers will be evaluated based on the topic of research, comprehension, engagement and communication.

Judging Panel

The judging panel will be composed of the session chair and five other members (including two graduate students) from universities internationally.

Abstract Submission Deadline

The deadlines are the same as for conference abstracts. The abstract submission deadline is summer 2018. After abstract screening, all selected candidates will be notified. Participants who have not registered for the conference by the early registration deadline will be automatically removed.